The president of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema has advised his followers to take their pledge a step further and implement their revolution rather than theorizing. He was speaking on the background of his party’s just ended congress which was held at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.
Malema urged his followers to occupy land and gold mines owned by some of the elite people within society and the ruling African National Congress. He told them that “Stop theorizing, there must be a programme. The time for the revolution is now. Theory without practice is useless.” Julius Malema, who was overwhelmingly elected as the EFF president, also warned the financial institutions of the impending rolling mass protests.
The EFF leader also urged his followers to also occupy the mines that are owned by some of the business and political leaders in their revolution. He said that his supporters must occupy mines belonging to mining magnate, Patrice Motsepe and deputy president of the ANC, Cyril Ramaposa. He told his supporters that gold mines belonging to ANC member and Speaker of the House, Baleka Mbete, should also be taken over in this revolution.
Despite the fact that there was slight commotion at the end of his party’s congress, Julius Malema was unfazed and brazenly told reporters at a press conference that his party was ready to take over from the ruling party, the ANC. He said that, in that regard, members of his party in areas such as Tswane, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Ekurhuleni must start behaving as true leaders. He suggested that his party had postponed taking over government in May but this time they were ready.
He lambasted his party’s detractors who had suggested that his party would go through the same fate of other one time parties that had broken away from the ANC. Malema argued that such people needed to be aware that that part was over and in the history books. He added that the EFF was a living party that all people would be proud of.